Updates

COVID-19

We have a few changes in our operations due to the COVID-19 pandemic. If you are a new client and have not been seen by our practice, please go to our new client page. This would be very appreciated by our staff. For the near future, we are opening at 9:00 am on Saturdays. Please see above for our new procedures for seeing patients. We ask that you also fill out our New Client Form.

As with most businesses, we are limiting the number of clients within our hospitals – please only have one person come per appointment (if mobility is an issue, of course, others can help). We love your family, but will see them at a later time. We may also ask that you delay a healthy pet wellness visit a bit. This allows us the ability to assure that we have availability for sick pets and those with urgent issues.

These are unusual times and we thank you for your patience and understanding.
Dan Teich, DVM – Medical Director

News from District Vet

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  • How to prevent fleas
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  • Identify your pet! Use a chip and a tag
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  • Knee injuries in dogs: The CCL tear
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  • Pocket Pets 101!
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  • Pet Disaster / Evacuation Preparedness
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  • Hairballs – More than just fur
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  • Why we ask for poop!
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  • Hyperthyroidism in Cats
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  • Diabetes Affects Dogs and Cats
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  • Lyme Disease – An Annual Invasion
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  • Senior Dogs in the Winter – Keep Them Active!
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  • Thanksgiving Week Hours and Info
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  • Canine Arthritis Management
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  • Common Cat Myths
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  • Pet Insurance – There Are Benefits
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